16 years ago…
i discovered lamp work glass beads. i had been searching for unusual glass beads for my jewellery designs and found the generic, machine-made glass bead a tad boring.
i was looking for stand-out beads to reflect my designs, to reflect me. one thing led to another and ….
i learnt to make glass beads on a simple butane torch. my first few hours ‘at the flame’ produced 7 beads and was a mesmerising experience. captured by the glowing, viscous glass and the possibility of designing all my own beads. i was hooked, ultimate control, or so I thought.
My first necklace…
made with 47 glass beads on a butane torch was the beginning of emubeads’ designs. i was a few beads short of completion, but the beauty of the problem was that i could make more. so returning to the torch, i made more. barely waiting for them to cool in the vermiculite bath i thread the necklace. within a few weeks I had upgraded to a lamp work torch – the turning point.
the vermiculite bath has since been replaced with a tetlow kiln. The kiln anneals the beads overnight, regulating the cooling process and reducing glass stress and spontaneous cracks.
the process of layering, shaping, mixing glass and inclusions, forge an emubead: the slow, artisan made product. i have a deep appreciation of art in the everyday, the handmade produce.
emubeads continues to evolve, and recently adding our own silversmithing components to make jewellery.
artisan glass beads